Got (roach) milk? A team of scientists do, and they’re developing it for possible human consumption.
Researchers from the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in Bangalore, India, have been analyzing the “milk” produced by the Pacific beetle cockroach (Diploptera punctata).
Their goal: to create roach-milk-derived protein supplements that can feed the world’s exploding population.
Grossed out? We are, too, but there’s a method to their madness.
The researchers found that the milk protein crystals from Pacific beetle cockroaches contain four times the nutritional value of cow’s milk. These crystals slowly release proteins, fats, sugars and essential amino acids overtime, which can help maintain steady energy levels.
The scientists won’t be corralling cockroaches like farmers do cows, however.
They’ve envisioned a roach milking future that’s far more high-tech: using biotechnology to sequence the genes and reproduce the milk in a lab setting.
Their findings are found in the International Union of Crystallography Journal.
What Do YOU Think?
What do you think of roach milk and its potential to feed the world’s growing population? Would you try protein supplements made from roach milk?
- Popular Science: Roach Milk: The Next Superfood?
- FOOD navigator-usa.com: Scientists to trial cockroach milk as a future protein supplement
- IUCrJ: Structure of a heterogeneous, glycosylated, lipid-bound, in vivo-grown protein crystal at atomic resolution from the viviparous cockroach Diploptera punctate